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- In a girlish manner.
- 1879, George Eliot, chapter 12, in Impressions of Theophrastus Such:
- Ganymede was once a girlishly handsome precocious youth. That one cannot for any considerable number of years go on being youthful, girlishly handsome, and precocious, seems on consideration to be a statement as worthy of credit as the famous syllogistic conclusion, "Socrates was mortal."